Each year, the weather gets warmer and backyard pools and our incredible beaches start to beckon once again. Although always a concern, this time of year causes many to reconsider how to keep our kids, and ourselves, safe around the water.

This year, I hope those thoughts turn to action, preventing the tragedy we saw last year in which Orange County reported a staggering 107 fatal and non-fatal drowning incidents, 36 of which involved children under the age of 5.

William Koon is the project coordinator for Project Wipeout, a water safety program run by Hoag.